Siobhan Gibbons and Bryce Bray
Students Siobhan Gibbons and Bryce Bray each won a highly competitive Boren Fellowship, the first time two students from the International Environmental Policy program have won a Boren in the same year.

Students Bryce Bray and Siobhan Gibbons each learned this week that they won a Boren Fellowship, the first time that two students from the MA in International Environmental Policy program have ever been awarded a Boren in the same year.

The highly competitive Boren Fellowship program provides up to $24,000 for overseas study “for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.” Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation, and often go on to work in the federal national security arena.

Bray plans to study Portuguese—his fifth language—in Mozambique, while Gibbons will travel to Japan, where she hopes to improve her fluency in Japanese.